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Historical Note:

Jim Jones was born in Lynn, Indiana in 1931 to parents James and Lynetta Jones. He was a passionate reader, interested in a wide range of religious beliefs. Jim Jones married Marceline (Marcie) Mae Baldwin in 1949 and they moved to Indianapolis the following year. A charismatic preacher, Jones founded Peoples Temple in the 1950s, a church based on principles of biblical preaching, racial equality, and apostolic socialism. In 1965, he relocated his family and Peoples Temple to Ukiah, California. Jim and Marcie had one biological child, Stephan Gandhi, and also adopted seven more: Jim Jr., Stephanie, Lew Eric, Suzanne, Agnes Pauline, John Moss, and Timothy Glen. Jim referred to his children as his “rainbow family.”

The Jones family is memorable because of Jim Jones, his creation of Peoples Temple, and the tragedy that occurred in Jonestown, Guyana, on November 18th, 1978. Construction of the community formally known as the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project, but better known as Jonestown, began in 1974. The population reached its peak in 1977. Three of Jones’ sons (Stephan, Jim Jr., and Tim) survived the tragedy at Jonestown due to participation in a basketball tournament with the Guyanese national team in Georgetown.

Sources:

The Jonestown Institute: http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/

Hall, John R. Gone from the Promised Land: Jonestown in American Cultural History. New Brunswick: Transaction Books, 1987.

Kilduff, Marshall and Ron Javers. The Suicide Cult: The Inside Story of the Peoples Temple Sect and the Massacre in Guyana. New York: Bantam, 1978.

Note Author: Taylor de Klerk





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